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Grayling approves HS2 sidings proposals

Grayling approves HS2 sidings proposals

23.04.18: Chris Grayling has approved proposals to contract new railway sidings for HS2. New sidings are thought to be needed to replace those displaced by the HS2 Phase One rail lines. Under the Transport and Works 1992 Act, an application was made t...

Government finalises plans for HS2 Crewe Hub

Government finalises plans for HS2 Crewe Hub

12.03.18: The government has clarified plans for a new Crewe Hub that will give more people access to HS2. Included in the plans are a high speed rail service to Stoke-on-Trent and a redesigned junction at Crewe. Transport secretary, Chris Grayling, l...

West Midlands transport leaders meet to discuss reducing HS2 disruption

West Midlands transport leaders meet to discuss reducing HS2 disruption

05.03.18: The potential for significant disruption to the West Midlands’ motorway and road networks needs to be managed during the construction of HS2, political and transport leaders have agreed. Transport minister Jesse Norman, mayor of the West...

Northern mayors to launch ‘NPR convention’ to combat HS2 cost-cutting fears

Northern mayors to launch ‘NPR convention’ to combat HS2 cost-cutting fears

27.02.18: Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and Liverpool city mayor Steve Rotherham have jointly called for the development of a Convention of the North, which would deal with issues surrounding the future of Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR). The...

Grayling granted injunction to stop protestors trespassing on HS2 construction site

Grayling granted injunction to stop protestors trespassing on HS2 construction site

20.02.18: Chris Grayling has this week been granted an injunction to stop campaigners protesting the construction of HS2 on site. DfT demanded the injunction to prevent eight protestors demonstrating on site where the high-speed line in the Colne Val...

Passengers want technology to create ‘personalised experience’ on HS2 trains

Passengers want technology to create ‘personalised experience’ on HS2 trains

12.02.18: The technology used for HS2 should serve a purpose and not appear “gimmicky,” passengers have this week told the industry. New research by passenger watchdog Transport Focus revealed findings uncovered through its partnership with...

Euston and Old Oak Common HS2 builders invited to tender

Euston and Old Oak Common HS2 builders invited to tender

05.02.18: HS2 Ltd has now confirmed the shortlist of bidders who have been invited to tender for two major new London station construction contracts. In August last year, the organisation announced that it was on the lookout for builders who could push a...

Handful of winners awarded major HS2 station design deals

Handful of winners awarded major HS2 station design deals

05.02.18: In a much-anticipated move, HS2 Ltd has now named the architects, designers and engineers who will be responsible for developing and refining detailed plans for the four new stations along the scheme’s route. The companies will be awarded...

HS2 seeking contractors for £1.55bn M&E contracts

HS2 seeking contractors for £1.55bn M&E contracts

30.01.18: HS2 Ltd has today opened the initial bidding on £1.55bn of mechanical and electrical (M&E) work on sections of line between London, Birmingham and Crewe. The contracts involve track and overhead catenary system works, as well as t...

2018: The year of opportunity for HS2

2018: The year of opportunity for HS2

23.01.18: Momentum continues to gather pace up and down the country as this year’s major HS2 milestones begin to approach, writes John Downer, director of High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL). Last year saw the construction of HS2 – B...

HS2 releases concept images of new Colne Valley viaduct

HS2 releases concept images of new Colne Valley viaduct

19.01.18: HS2 Ltd has today released an initial concept of how it expects the Colne Valley viaduct to look once construction is complete. The concept released today, which has been put out for communities to give their views on, will help inform deve...

Key HS2 contractor Carillion goes into liquidation

Key HS2 contractor Carillion goes into liquidation

15.01.18: One of the government’s most important contractors, Carillion, has fallen into liquidation after emergency talks collapsed. The construction giant is Network Rail’s second biggest maintenance service supplier and is also heavily...

DfT deal means East Midlands HS2 station could open early

DfT deal means East Midlands HS2 station could open early

12.01.18: The government has reached an agreement with local organisations in the East Midlands to maximise the benefits of the future Toton HS2 hub, including work to open the station in the 2020s. The commitment between the DfT, Midlands Connect an...

Highways England procurement boss moves over to HS2

Highways England procurement boss moves over to HS2

08.01.18: David Poole has been appointed as the new procurement and supply chain director at HS2 Ltd. Poole will lead HS2’s procurement and supply chain teams as the project continues into its construction phase. He will join the organisat...

Consider legal action over HS2 redundancies, MPs say

Consider legal action over HS2 redundancies, MPs say

18.12.17: MPs have called for consideration of legal action over excessive HS2 redundancy payouts. The Public Accounts Committee has criticised the £1.76m of unauthorised payments made during 2016-17 as a “shocking waste of taxpayers&rsqu...

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First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

15/11/2018First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

The first of Greater Anglia’s brand-new trains has now arrived in the region, pulling up to Norwich by a locomotive ahead of a programme of... more >
Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

15/11/2018Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

HS2’s second phase will cost more compared to similar overseas schemes because it relies on new dedicated high-speed lines into city-centre... more >
HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

15/11/2018HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

Costs for HS2’s Phase 2 could be 27% lower if the company succeeds in implementing a series of opportunities to make the project more effic... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
Data-driven rail

13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >